MANILA — A Filipino act jumped straight to the semifinals of “Asia’s Got Talent” (AGT) after rousing the audience to a standing ovation with his unique “hand shadow” performance in the search’s February 21 episode.
A “Pilipinas Got Talent” semifinalist in 2016, Philip Galit a.k.a Shadow Ace took to the stage with an act reminiscent of past “AGT” champion and compatriots El Gamma Penumbra’s shadow play — only he did it alone, and only with his hands.
The one-of-a-kind performance had the audience members and the judges laughing, as it not only showcased Ace’s impressively nimble fingers transforming into all sorts of shapes, it also had comedic timing.
“It’s a silly little thing, I guess, to play with your hands and make figures like that,” judge David Foster told Ace. “But, I tell you, I forgot that they were hands. They were people to me!”
Anggun, meanwhile, said: “I’m glad that you are on this show, really. I loved that performance.”
Jay Park called the depictions of pole-dancing and using a hula hoop “brilliant,” adding that Shadow Ace’s act was “by far the best” shadow act he has seen.
From the side of the stage, hosts Alan Wong and Justin Bratton were similarly impressed — so much so that they used their allocated golden buzzer press on Shadow Ace, making the Filipino automatically advance to the semifinals.
Meanwhile, another performer familiar to Filipino viewers, 12-year-old Rock Opong, also auditioned in the Thursday episode of “Asia’s Got Talent.”
The young singer, who previously joined ABS-CBN’s “The Voice Kids” in 2015, gave a heartfelt rendition of “True Colors” using his own handmade guitar.
Foster lauded Opong, saying “the playing and the singing were really, really good,” before inviting the boy’s father to come on stage.
The three judges went on to unanimously vote to have Opong advance to the elimination round, making him the eighth Filipino act to pass their audition so far this season.